HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro will make a visit to France this coming February, government spokesperson Stéphane Le Foll said today in Paris.
The announcement was made by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in a cabinet session. For now, they did not release more details of the visit.
French President Francois Hollande visited Cuba in May of this year, becoming the first head of state of a Western power to visit the island after the announcement of the diplomatic rapprochement between the US and Cuba a year ago.
On December 17, 2014, Castro and US President Barack Obama announced a completely unexpected thaw in diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Since then, the relationship between Cuba and the West has improved. However, several issues remain open, such as the still in effect US embargo imposed on the island since the 60’s.
The European Union has been negotiating since April last year a treaty of cooperation and political dialogue with the government in Havana, after years of a cooling in relations.
Fidel Castro visited France was in 1995.